(Updated) Rezoning recommended for CVS project in downtown BG PDF Print E-mail
Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor   
Wednesday, 07 November 2012 20:38
(Updated at 10:58am, 11-08-12)
Rezoning that would allow construction of a CVS pharmacy in downtown Bowling Green was unanimously recommended Wednesday night by Bowling Green's Planning Commission.
The project would be constructed at the southeast corner of East Wooster and South Prospect streets.
Properties involved are the former Ohio National Guard Armory, the former Deck Hanneman Funeral Home on East Wooster Street and two houses on South Prospect Street.
The properties now have a combination of commercial and residential zoning and would be zoned Central Business District, if BG City Council approves. Council will be required to hold a public hearing before it can vote on the rezoning.
Mary Wervey of Zaremba Group, Lakewood, told the commission a 13,225-square-foot building would be constructed on the 1.493-acre site, along with 67 parking spaces. There would be landscaping on the perimeter of the site, she said. One access from Wooster and one access from Prospect are planned, although the city and the developer have to determine the exact locations.
City Planning Director Heather Saylor said all of the buildings on the parcels involved will be demolished. She said the armory, built in 1910, has been vacant since 2005.
"The traffic impact study the city requires is being reviewed. That will be used to determine access site," she said. "The staff recommends approval. The project is consistent with zoning, fits into the plan of the visioning task force to improve the corridor to Bowling Green State University, would extend the streetscape, and eliminates nonconforming uses."
Saylor added that there are now at least five driveways with access to the four properties and that number will be no more than two with completion of the project.
David Hartt, of DB Hartt Inc., Cleveland, told the commission the rezoning of the four parcels will "create a viable site for the proposed use."
Earlene Kilpatrick, director of the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce, said the armory and former funeral home are difficult sites to fill. "Here is a fantastic opportunity to add jobs, build a viable structure, increase the vitality of downtown and add revenue to the local tax base. Hers was the only comment during a public hearing before the commission acted.
Commission member Dr. Gary Hess asked Saylor to review the differences in the B-2 commercial district zoning and the requested B-3, central business district zoning. Hess later made the motion to recommend the change to council.
The commission also set a public hearing for its Dec. 5 meeting on the proposed annexation of 0.948 acres at 17379 Ohio 25 from Plain Township. The annexation is the result of the property having city utilities and being contiguous to the city.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 November 2012 12:03

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